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The Best Picture Project – Patton (1970)

 Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner

Starring George C. Scott and Karl Malden

Written by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North

Patton, the film, like the man, is a curious oddity. Whereas war movies that came before it were usually rather jingoistic and made dying for one’s country a heroic act – think John Wayne in Green BeretsPatton makes clear that dying for one’s country is idiotic. Losers die for their country, we are told; winners make the other guy die for his country. It might be a conceit that’s pretty standard nowadays but at the time it must have been a watershed idea. Continue reading

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